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What's been happening on the Womanomics Africa™ Virtual Campus in August

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

We recently celebrated our third month of connecting women entrepreneurs on the African continent with information, insights and capacity building opportunities on the Womanomics Africa™ Virtual Campus - a 24/7 virtual reality environment that is geared towards our mandate of facilitating intra-Africa trade and dialogue by harnessing the power and possibilities of technology.

August, which also marked Women's Month in South Africa, was a particularly busy month on Campus as we hosted several important events and discussions that impact women on the African continent.

Womanomics Africa ™ Entrepreneur Guide to the AfCFTA Series Launch (12 August 2021)

In August we launched the Womanomics Africa ™ Entrepreneur Guide to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a 12-part series focused on the AfCFTA that came into effect in January 2021 resulting in a 54 country Free Trade Zone. True to our mission to connect women in business to opportunities, insights and ecosystem partners, the series enables women to listen and engage with policy-makers, trade facilitators, civil society players and other entrepreneurs as we unpack the AfCFTA and what it all means for the woman entrepreneur.

Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights: Driving and Advancing Economic Justice and Rights for Gender Equality (17 August 2021)

The Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights together with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) held a dialogue on “pushing the pedal for economic power-endorsing the transformative agenda of the generational change for the economic justice and rights for women and youth in South Africa”. The dialogue was aimed at galvanising commitments from multi-sectoral stakeholders such as governments, civil society, private sector, entrepreneurs, trade unions, artists, academia, gender activists and social media influencers to make measurable commitments to advance economic justice for women, girls and youth in accordance with the Global Acceleration Plan on Generation Equality.

International Women's Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) Young Leadership Connect Leadership Summit (19 August 2021)

The focus of the joint leadership summit was on developing the next generation of leaders and achieving gender equality. The summit was held in partnership with Young Leadership Connect, an IWFSA initiative, ABSIP Women in Focus and Generation Equality.

UNISA SAWID UN WOMEN Dialogue (19 August 2021)

The theme of the dialogue was "Towards Peace and Gender Equality: Collective Legacies and Co-Creative Solutions of African Women", and it took place at a time of major disruption and systems breakdown, while the youth of Africa, who make up more than 60% of Africa’s population, are demanding that their voices and solutions be included in the many resolutions, frameworks and implementation plans for addressing emerging challenges. The event was held in honour of Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, whose term as Executive Director of UN Women, and UN Under-Secretary-General ended in August. If you missed it watch the event here :

PBICT STEAMIE Annual Women Indaba (23 August 2021)

The PBICT STEAMIE Annual Women Indaba tackles issues affecting women and aims to empower women through knowledge and skills development that would eventually benefit them commercially directly or indirectly. This year's indaba the focus was on mental wellness and the impact of the Covid pandemic. The Progressive Blacks in Information and Communication Technology's (PBICT) purpose is to mobilise black ICT professionals, SMMEs and Youth for access and ownership. Science Technology Engineering Arts Maths Innovation Entrepreneurship (STEAMIE) is the organisation's flagship programme.

Write to Speak Book Launch (28 August 2021)

We hosted the second instalment of the The Women's Writes Network'd 'Write to Speak' book launch. The book is a collection of stories told by women from 23 African nations about their individual journeys along some of life's toughest terrains.

The contributing authors for Write to Speak are delightfully multi-generational providing thought provoking perspectives. The curator and editor of this essential collection, Ambassador Nosipho January-Bardill, clearly deliberately sought unique perspectives and the outcome achieves exactly what it declares - defining the next chapter of women's rights.

The launch included an A List of feminist activists and gamechangers such as Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Mrs Scholastica Kimaryo, Fatou Wurie, Ria Ledwaba to name a few!

Click here to watch the book launch our YouTube Channel .

Feminist Action and Climate Justice Workshop (31 August 2021)

The Feminist Action for Climate Justice Coalition in South Africa hosted a workshop aimed at discussing the critical topic of gender and climate change. The objective of the workshop was to unpack the 2020 report by the African Climate Reality Project, South African Institute of International Affairs and South Durban Community Environmental Alliance - A Gendered Lens: Mainstreaming Gender into South Africa’s Climate Change Response. It also sought to identify what South Africa could do at every level to take gender into account while mitigating climate change.

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